Ocean Navigator - October 2015 October 1, 2015 Ocean Navigator Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Trashy TranspacThere was not one competitor in this year’s Transpac race who was not affected by trash and debris floating in the North Pacific gyre. Below-normal hurricane season predictedThe NOAA Climate Prediction Center’s updated 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook calls for a 90 percent chance of a below-normal hurricane season. Second Race to Alaska setOrganizers of the popular Race to Alaska have decided to move forward with a second Race to Alaska next year. Nigel Calder and the flying dinghyEven cruising gurus like Nigel Calder get into trouble sometimes. Herb Payson crosses the barLongtime cruising sailor and author Herb Payson passed away on July 28, 2015. He was 88 years old. Canine lifesaversNewfoundland dogs, known for their gentle demeanor, strength and swimming ability, have a long history of rescuing sailors and fishermen from the sea. Safety for Cruising Couples – Including “Suddenly Alone”The Safety at Sea Committee of the Cruising Club of America has just published an updated version of its highly regarded Suddenly Alone workbook, now titled Safety for Cruising Couples – Including “Suddenly Alone.” Opera House CupThe 43rd Opera House Cup Race was sailed on Aug. 16, 2015.NYYC celebrates 159th Annual CruiseNew York Yacht Club burgees and signal flags from a fleet of about 75 sail and power yachts graced the Belfast, Maine, waterfront on Aug. 12-13. Vacuuming carbon for the new Bermuda 50One of the keys to a speedy boat is building it lightweight. Keeping currentPreviously we touched on some of the details involving staying in charge of your trawler’s 12V DC battery bank system. The next step is to develop a working understanding of how your ship’s 120V system is designed and installed to help ensure you keep current with your AC power demands. Hanging by a threadAs we sized-up the scale of challenge facing us in getting back on board, I yelled to James, “There is NO WAY that I’m getting back on that boat!” Is the lagoon half empty or half full?During the past three seasons in French Polynesia, we have observed the frustration many captains feel as they leave their emotion-laden Marquesas landfalls to navigate the sometimes tricky passes of the atolls of the Tuamotus. Indian Ocean fast trackWhen sailing east to west, there are basically three ways to cross the Indian Ocean: Yacht Review: Hinckley Bermuda 50Just two years ago the Hinckley Company and Tripp Design announced plans to collaborate on a modern racer/cruiser. Yacht Review: Seawind 1160 LiteIn 2004, Seawind Catamarans launched the 38-foot Seawind 1160. Yacht Review: Morris Yachts M52Ever since Morris Yachts’ introduction of the Sparkman & Stephens-designed M29, the iconic Maine builder has continued to develop and refine the series of these classically beautiful yachts. Yacht Review: Dehler 42Dehler is part of Hanse Yachts AG, the German conglomerate that includes Hanse, Moody and Varianta sailboats, plus Fjord and Sealine motor yachts. Lightning strikes twiceLightning does strike twice. I know because I am in the unenviable position of having not one but two of my boats blasted by the beast. October Issue 229: The Palatine lightSometimes between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, there is a ghostly light not unlike St. Elmo’s fire seen rising off the northern tip of Block Island.